One Cool Thing: Border Collies Help Relocate Birds from VA Construction Project

Image: Rebecca Gibson

As Chesapeake Bay Magazine recently wrote, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project needs to encourage birds that used to build nests on part of the connector to move to a new site. To make sure they don’t come back, the project has brought in a pack of working dogs to get the job done–border collies to be exact. 

A crew of 20 collies and their handlers work day and night shifts circling the perimeter. The goal is to make any approaching birds think twice about coming in for a landing, and for these dogs, all it takes is some movement. So far, using dogs as a preventative measure has been extremely successful.

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